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Red Wagon Plants Announces Spring Workshop Schedule and New Educational Space

Red Wagon Plants is kicking off the growing season with a full event schedule. The expanded 2019 program lineup has offerings for all types of gardeners and cooks and those just curious about getting into the world of plants. From beginner classes on pollinator gardens and cannabis cultivation to “next level” offerings on growing unusual vegetables and four-season perennials, to make-and-take planters and culinary workshops, there is something for everyone. Most workshops are held in the beautiful new educational pavilion and it’s easy to register online.

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Northeast SARE Partnership Grants Fund Work with Farmers

Call for applications for 2019 Partnership Grant Program. Applications due April 23

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Northeast Dairy Farmers, Experts Discuss Innovation, Progress, at 2019 Vermont Dairy Producers Conference

Dairy farmers from across Vermont and New England gathered in Burlington Tuesday to discuss the latest news, trends, and economic outlooks for the region’s dairy industry. The 2019 Vermont Dairy Producers Conference (VDPC) was an opportunity for farmers in the Northeast to network, learn, and support each other in working towards success in 2019 and beyond.

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Workshop Series for Farmers and Food Producers

Hanover Co-op launches 10-session series aimed at helping farms and food producers. As part of its broader effort to support food production in New England, the Hanover Co-op has launched a low-cost series of workshops aimed at farmers and food producers. Sessions are scheduled for each Friday in March and include presentations by experts in food safety, production and delivery, financing, direct sales, and more. Each workshop is priced at $5, with all proceeds going to local 4-H Clubs.

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Vital Communities Recruits Vendors for Flavors of the Valley Local Food Expo

Vital Communities invites local farms and farm-based businesses to be vendors at Flavors of the Valley on April 7 in Hartford. It’s the not-to-be-missed opportunity for businesses looking to connect directly with consumers who love local food!

Early-bird rates up to 25 percent off are available for vendors who register through February 17. This year Vital Communities is also offering mini-grants to reduce costs for farms and food businesses; registration and application details are online at vitalcommunities.org/flavors.

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Local Food Trade Show Showcases the Region’s Best Local Food - March 5, 2019

8TH ANNUAL SPECIALTY CROP & LOCAL FOOD TRADE SHOW IN BOSTON, TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019. The event will offer one-stop shopping for wholesale buyers seeking to expand their offering of local food, including specialty crops, value-added products, meat, dairy and seafood. At this event, buyers will have the unique opportunity to meet 100 local farmers and producers who grow and craft some of New England’s finest foods. Vendor booths are free for specialty crop producers.

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Yankee Farm Credit Announces Organizational Enhancements

Yankee Farm Credit announces organizational enhancements effective January 1, 2019 that will allow continued sustainable growth for the organization, which provides industry specific products and services to the agricultural community in Vermont and parts of New York and New Hampshire.

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Vermont Community Garden Network Thriving Garden Grants Available

Vermont Community Garden Network is accepting proposals from existing and newly forming garden groups for projects that support the growth of thriving gardens. Support will be available in the form of small grants, training, and planning support. More information and online application at: http://vcgn.org/what-we-do/thriving-gardens-grant/. Applications due February 28, 2019.

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Brattleboro-Based Food Connects Awarded Nearly $25,000 in Grants for School Nutrition and Supporting Children with Adverse Childhood Experiences

Funding from the Thompson Trust and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help build resilience in Brattleboro schools.

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VAAFM to Award Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Funds

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) welcomes applications for the 2019 Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. This funding opportunity will provide awards for projects that strengthen Vermont specialty crop industries. Awarded projects will enhance the competitiveness of Vermont specialty crops defined as: fruits and tree nuts; vegetables; culinary herbs, spices, medicinal plants; nursery, floriculture, horticulture, Christmas trees; honey, hops, maple syrup; and mushrooms.

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